The UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office, which started life as the UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Office, was originally funded through a National Science Foundation Institutional Transformation Award in 2006. The overarching goal of the office was to increase the representation and advancement of women faculty, including women of color, in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines. At the end of the funding period in 2013, the office was institutionalized, and since that time has been funded through the Office of Academic Affairs. The institutionalization of the office has allowed us to move forward and expand our mission. It has always been clear that our efforts to promote the success of women and minority faculty had a positive impact on ALL faculty at the institution, and consequently the vast majority of our programming has been aimed at the entire faculty community. Our mission reflects this commitment to facilitate the development of ALL faculty at UNC Charlotte. The office was renamed the UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office (FADO) to reflect its expanding role at the institution.
The UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office builds faculty diversity and promotes faculty success through research and programming on recruitment, re-appointment, promotion and tenure practices; policy reform; mentoring; leadership and career development.
ADVANCE at a GLANCE: Cick here to access an overview of our inititiaves and a model outlining our path moving forward.
To learn more about Diversity Initiatives at UNC Charlotte, including the UNC Charlotte Diversity Plan for Campus Diversity, Access, and Inclusion, and The Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund click here
What are the origins of UNC Charlotte ADVANCE?
In 1999, Massachusetts Institute of Technology published a report, A Study on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT, revealing that extensive marginalization of senior women faculty existed in its School of Science. To respond nationally, the National Science Foundation took notice and created the ADVANCE initiative. Read more...
To read the most recent report from MIT: A Report on the Status of Women Faculty in the Schools of Science and Engineering at MIT 2011 click here
UNC Charlotte ADVANCE thanks the National Science Foundation for its generous support. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0548401. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.